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01-28-2013 06:51 AM
TrentL
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Originally Posted by carmspack View Post
has it been that cold this year in Ottawa ?

Weather report says - 11 C , which is 12 F , same conditions we have here more on the Toronto side.
For Canada , for January , that is warm .

You may want to increase the dogs calories -- increase fat portion of diet .

If I recall correctly Nickolas is pretty much the same age as your dog (early June 2012) and he is outside for extended periods and loves it .
Yes its been that cold last early last week, and late two weeks ago. Its much better right now.

I'm feeding him what the vet says I should (Which is more than the chart on the food says I should)

He seems to love it outside, and right now with the flu and I have a special work project we're trying to make sure he gets lots of love and attention but its pretty hard!! Did manage to get out for two hours on Sunday to play and take him for a walk it was a nice -10 outside LoL
01-28-2013 04:59 AM
Mooch Yeah most sled dogs have less of a coat than our GSDs They are often mixed breeds now with quite short hair.
Your average Husky has a very similar coat to a Shepherd
The reason shepherds are supposed to have undercoat is to insulate them against cold and wet weather - in germany it's not uncommon for the temperature to drop to -20 Degree celsius and they needed to cope with that and you'd be surprised how many dogs over there live out all year round.

We tend to pamper and baby our dogs so much nowadays, we forget how tough and hardy they actually are if they are allowed to be (and of course well fed and healthy).
01-28-2013 01:39 AM
carmspack has it been that cold this year in Ottawa ?

Weather report says - 11 C , which is 12 F , same conditions we have here more on the Toronto side.
For Canada , for January , that is warm .

You may want to increase the dogs calories -- increase fat portion of diet .

If I recall correctly Nickolas is pretty much the same age as your dog (early June 2012) and he is outside for extended periods and loves it .
01-28-2013 12:22 AM
doggiedad sled dogs and Shepherds are totally different when it comes
to cold.

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Originally Posted by Mooch View Post

>>>> Have a look how sled dogs live in Alaska<<<<

If they are used to the cold they do just fine.
They are often chained on a short chain with a little Igloo style kennel to curl up in.

-32C is darn cold but the dog will let you know pretty quickly if he's cold - just watch his body language. If he stays in his kennel, hunches up, shivers and wants to come inside - he's cold. if he's running, playing and seems happy he's doing well
My little kelpie cross here used to get really cold, he would not leave the hay shed. He made a "nest" in the loose hay and refuse to go out. I bought him a nice warm dog jacket and he was fine after that (Mind you the coldest we ever get here is around -3C )

I would actually say big double coated dogs do better in the cold than the heat - I know my GSDs suffer when it gets over +35 - +40 Celsius ( 95F-105F)

Our Husky in Germany used to love the cold, if it got down to -20C or colder she was the happiest dog ever She did sleep inside but was outside during the day.
01-26-2013 07:12 AM
Syaoransbear The dog would be fine even without a heating pad, mine don't have any heating pads. I don't worry until it's -40C.

1: I think it's good for the dog to learn how to play independently.

2: Using a fan won't cause any issues.
01-26-2013 06:02 AM
Mooch Have a look how sled dogs live in Alaska If they are used to the cold they do just fine.
They are often chained on a short chain with a little Igloo style kennel to curl up in.

-32C is darn cold but the dog will let you know pretty quickly if he's cold - just watch his body language. If he stays in his kennel, hunches up, shivers and wants to come inside - he's cold. if he's running, playing and seems happy he's doing well
My little kelpie cross here used to get really cold, he would not leave the hay shed. He made a "nest" in the loose hay and refuse to go out. I bought him a nice warm dog jacket and he was fine after that (Mind you the coldest we ever get here is around -3C )

I would actually say big double coated dogs do better in the cold than the heat - I know my GSDs suffer when it gets over +35 - +40 Celsius ( 95F-105F)

Our Husky in Germany used to love the cold, if it got down to -20C or colder she was the happiest dog ever She did sleep inside but was outside during the day.
01-26-2013 05:53 AM
TrentL
Couple of quick questions

My wife works a couple minutes away from home and is on the same power if there was an issue she would come home and bring him in.

Thanks for answering my questions!


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01-26-2013 12:56 AM
selzer
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Originally Posted by doggiedad View Post
-31 degrees celcius to -25 degrees celcius and it's ok
to leave a puppy outside?
The dog has a heating pad and a dog house. I would hope the electricity wouldn't go out.

-25 is pretty darn cold to me, where -10 is about as cold as it gets and pretty darn cold.

But then to someone in say, Arkansas or Florida might think 40 degrees F is mighty cold. And I am sitting here thinking about the balmy 20 degrees we reached today. And I read someone not liking to let her dogs out below 40 degrees.

Shucks its been 7 degrees out there, and the puppies are out there all day. They don't mind it. They cannot wait to get out there and ROLL in it, and crash through it, and bury their heads in it. I come home at midnight and am out there in my jeans and sweatshirt pleading with the puppies to come in, it's cold out there. But they are busy running back and forth being nutso with each other in the field.

I was giving them the in/out until a few weeks ago. The buggers would lay in the doggy door keeping it open so that their head would be outside and their butt and tail inside. Boogers! They have several houses and shelters with straw in them for the day, and they come in from about 12 to 10AM when they finally hit that pitch I can't ignore: "They're eating all my snow!!! It's going to be gone!!! Let me out!!!"
01-26-2013 12:39 AM
doggiedad -31 degrees celcius to -25 degrees celcius and it's ok
to leave a puppy outside?

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Originally Posted by Mooch View Post

Nothing wrong with him playing outside by himself




He has a cozy kennel with a heat mat so i'd bet he's perfectly fine during the day.
How warm is your bedroom in comparison to outside?
If it's a huge temperature difference for him to get used to, that would worry more than the playing outside.
If you do want him to sleep inside I think you're gonna have to have the room as cold as possible. I'd not bother with a fan for him, if your room is so hot that he's uncomfortable or panting a lot it's probably better if he doesn't sleep in there but in a cooler part of the house. Dogs seem to cope better with cold than heat, especially heavy double coated breeds
Also make sure you feed him enough, keeping warm takes energy.

How old is he now?
01-26-2013 12:34 AM
doggiedad winter, fan; winter, fan; winter, fan.

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Originally Posted by huntergreen View Post
i use a fan in the summer for my dogs without issue, should be fine in the winter.
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